Special Session Starts In MN

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) After 19 days without a resolution, Governor Mark Dayton called lawmakers into a Special Session that began at three Tuesday afternoon.

The doors to the capital building have reopened as lawmakers began casting votes on the budget bills that will get Minnesota back up and running.

In all, lawmakers are voting on nine separate budget measures to close the state's five billion dollar budget hole.

A bonding bill is also on the agenda.

That's one of the things the governor negotiated for when he accepted the GOP's budget offer late last week.

Governor Dayton says the goal right now is to get state government back up and running as soon as possible, "Once we reach the framework of the overall agreement Thursday afternoon, we all said we're gonna get this done as swiftly as possible, responsibly, but for the benefit of Minnesotans getting back to work - getting state government operating again."

The session went into recess shortly before 3:30 p.m.